The Formula Kite class is a high performance hydrofoiling class using regulated series registered production equipment freely available.
For Regional Games and a possible inclusion in the Olympic Games, one hydrofoil model and one kite model will be selected for a plain level playing field and to avoid an arms race.
The KiteFoil class is a full development class with minimal equipment limitation, allowing brands to test the latest equipment on the market.
The GoldCup tour is the sports premium event series with events all around the world and a strong focus on media production and prize money level.
The Expression Disciplines currently include Freestyle, Big Air, Wave Riding, Strapless Freestyle and Park. Competition is judged on difficulty and execution rather than "first past the post".
The future governance of the world tour / world championships is currently under discussion between World Sailing, IKA, and the Kiteboarding Industry.
Kiteboarding has been included in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games with a boardercross event on IKA TwinTip:Racing equipment, for boys and girls under 18.
Have a look here to learn more about equipment limitations, formats and qualification opportunities.
The IKA continues to campaign for an inclusion of kiteboarding in the 2020 Tokyo Games and several Regional Games on One Design Kitefoiling Equipment.
The Formula Kite class is the only afforadable solution for emerging and developing nations to compete in high performance classes and ticks all boxes of the IOC requirements, especially for youth and media appeal.
After the 2012 course racing worlds have come to an end yesterday, the focus shifts towards the first ever ISAF Sailing World Cup including kiteboarding. With the new ISAF world ranking system, Sail Melbourne will be the highest scoring event of the 2012 season.
The new world rankings combine every riders best six events, including sailing world cups, continental and world championships. While the recent European and World Championships have been scored 100 points each, Sail Melbourne will award 200 points for the winner, surely putting him in the lead of the new world rankings.
Registration is open at http://sailmelbourne.com.au/website/competitorinfo.html
As upcoming world and continental championships will apply entry quotas, collecting points at the sailing world cups will be crucial to be able the top level class events, as entry is selected by the standing in the world rankings. The ISAF world ranking will also be the qualifying basis to take part in the 2014 Sailing World Championships in Santander, where 50% of the qualification places for the Olympic Games 2016 are decided.
Come and join the fun - Sail Melbourne is a great event to take part in !